Noah and the MegaFauna
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Noah and the MegaFauna

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Band Jazz Singer/Songwriter




"On and On Premiere"

Los Angeles gypsy folk ensemble Noah and the MegaFauna call their tunes “Absinthe bar music,” which is as good of a description as any. Their debut album Anthems For a Stateless Nation (out now) is equal parts Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits, and a night out drinking and dancing with friends. We’re happy to premiere album track “On and On.” - Under The Radar

"MP3 at 3PM"

"A 10-piece gypsy-jazz ensemble that takes listeners on a wistful journey." - Magnet Magazine

"Live on Break Through Radio"

This is how we do - Break Through Radio

"On and On Download"

Noah & the MegaFauna haven’t had any issues coming out of the gate with an unusual but sophisticated flair. The brainchild of Noah Lit (formerly of indie-rock band Oliver Future), the 10-piece band’s debut “Anthems for a Stateless Nation” offers a palette that swings from jazz to gypsy-rock to carnival sounds, and their latest single “On and On” goes even disparately further with sweeping lines played on Chinese violin for a world music touch. You’d never know all these songs had an apocalyptic theme as Lit’s vocals glide along with the elegant arrangements, but it’s hard not to enjoy the clever juxtaposition once you uncover the hidden message.
- Buzzbands LA

"KCRW video Premiere"

It’s depression-era music that sounds fresh as ever considering it’s a reflection of current times. -


Anthems For A Stateless Nation




Noah and The MegaFauna
Anthems for a Stateless Nation

“There’s something about being named Noah that makes you dream apocalyptically.”
- Noah Lit

When frontman Noah Lit was faced with the collapse of his former indie rock band Oliver Future, he took what he saw as the only next logical step, put aside the electric guitar, and dive into the world of acoustic gypsy jazz. As he dug deeper into the dizzying scales, arpeggios and antiquated chords and patterns, Lit found a concealed wealth of songs surfacing in a form that quickly became Noah And The MegaFauna. His new sound: a clamorous whiskey filled raucous of sing-a-longs on the eve of destruction. Noah’s new song writing inspiration had him calling upon the diversity of his record collection and creating a combination of influences that while once were founded in rock bands like The Kinks, Radiohead and The Beatles, now also included jazz artists Django Reinhardt, Charles Mingus, Louis Armstrong and genre benders Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Jacques Brel and Leonard Cohen. Simply put by Noah himself, “Anthems for a Stateless Nation is a humble attempt at making a record that sounds like my record collection.” What resulted is a narrative caravan through moments of torrential downpours and shiftless shadows followed by the blissful warmth of a calm you hope will stay for good.

Once Noah Lit’s pen took on this ambitious new task he quickly enrolled longtime friend and accomplished producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Clem Snide) to help build his dynamic vision. Quickly joined by the efforts of his brother and long time collaborator Joshua Lit (Oliver Future) on backing vocals, piano and accordion and a rhythm section of Shiben Battacharaya on upright bass, Chris Lovejoy on drums and Travis Knight on percussion, the record took it’s first breathe at Lasus’ Los Angeles studio Fireproof Recording in November of 2010. With each track growing rapidly and naturally into a lush bed of guitar driven gypsy pop Noah soon enlisted his younger brother Gabriel Lit in New York City to provide horn and string arrangements as well as play clarinet and bass clarinet on the record. In order to best capture his new eight piece horn section and the severely talented violinist Wen Chang, Noah sought out a special environment and traveled to New York City to record with friend and producer Joe Rogers (Kelli Scarr, The Shivers, Moby) at his unique studio space Silence Breaks atop a elementary school in the South Bronx. The devastating horn section, littered with New York City’s best young, up and coming jazz musicians screamed, squawked and honked in moments of fury and passion and harnessed a warmth and subtly in quieter moments that also balanced well with the cinematic air provided by the vast array of female guest vocalists. Amongst the record’s guest vocalists are Kat Edmonson, Marianne Dissard, Emily St. Amand-Poliakoff and Mindy Gaspar. Also lending their talents are world renowned gypsy guitarist Gonzalo Bergara playing bandoneon and lead guitar and Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, George Harrison) playing drums. The end result is a dramatic dialogue recounting a tale of pre, and post-apocalyptic displacement, wandering, panic and ultimate redemption laced within the narrative of a dark folk record.

The nine piece live band has now become a force that goes even beyond the record. Lighting up bars and clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, the band has made fans and followers on both coasts. In fall of 2011 they were invited and filmed for Judd Apatow’s new movie This is 40. The band blew away Paul Rudd, Chris O’Dowd and Apatow who exclaimed “Now I have to rewrite the movie for you all!” Rewrites aside, the song Moan All Night, will be featured in the film and the band playing it live will be in the DVD extras. When they stopped into WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schafer, after the first song John gleefully exclaimed “The folks d